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Beavers, boar and wild horses


Image: BBC

Natural England and the Wildwood Trust aim to restore the Stodmarsh national nature reserve in Kent's Stour valley to its state 7,000 years ago. It's a fairly challenging goal. They have brought in boar, beaver and the descendants of the horse which roamed Britain in prehistoric times to help.

The small wild horses are fond of weeds. Their grazing helps to preserve the native grassland and thereby the "rare species of plant, invertebrates and birds spotted at Stodmarsh. . .including the corn bunting, the shining ram's horn snail and the carnivorous plant greater bladderwort".

I like the idea of being able to look through the window of nature into the ancient past.


Speaking of bladderwort, Robert Byron wrote a wonderful poem about the flora and fauna of England.

Comments (2)

Geert Wilders has been banned from England by the Secretary of State despite a House of Lords invitiation to show his film there?

Is this true?


Tom, to answer your question, sadly, sickeningly, it is true.

John Derbyshire reports -

Brits Ban Wilders

That was appalling news from Britian. The slide into multi-culti totalitarianism has gone much farther than I knew.

The Brussels Journal reports that Geert Wilders has been banned from entry to the U.K. This is the first time ever that a parliamentarian from one EU country has been forbidden entry to another.

Here is the letter given by the British embassy to Mr. Wilders.

Dear Mr Wilders

The purpose of this letter is to inform you that the Secretary of State is of the view that your presence in the UK would pose a genuine, present and sufficiently serious threat to one of the fundamental interests of society. The Secretary of State is satisfied that your statements about Muslims and their beliefs, as expressed in your film Fitna and elsewhere, would threaten community harmony and therefore public security in the UK.

You are advised that should you travel to the UK and seek admission an Immigration Officer will take into account the Secretary of State's view. If, in accordance with regulation 21 of the immigration (European Economic Area) Regulations 2006, the Immigration Officer is satisfied that your exclusion is justified on grounds of public policy and/or public security, you will be refused admission to the UK under regulation 19. You would have a right of appeal against any refusal of admission, exercisable from outside the UK.

Yours sincerely,

Irving N. Jones

On behalf of the Secretary of State for the Home Department
Persons with incorrect opinions will not be admitted to the U.K., even if they are elected members of another nation's parliament. Nothing, nothing must be allowed if it gives offense to Muslims.

Lord Nazir Ahmed, a Muslim member of the House of Lords (Labour), had threatened to mobilize 10,000 Muslims to prevent Mr. Wilders from entering the British Parliament. Lord Ahmed boasted in the Pakistani press that the cancellation of Mr. Wilders' visit was "a victory for the Muslim community."
It was indeed; and it was a terrible defeat for liberty.

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